How do you celebrate a dear friend’s return to Denver after a three-month stint in California? Some of us decided that the only rational course of action was to surprise her with exactly one billion cakes. Here are the results of three overachievers, 10 sticks of butter, and an entire Saturday devoted to baking. The celebration was filled with sunny and stormy Denver weather, lovely friends, and sugar galore.
As I wouldn’t describe myself as a baker, I decided to trust the pros, so here are some awesome recipes from the masters. A huge thanks to Megan (master baker) and Heather (stylist extraordinaire). I’m pretty sure we crushed it. Enjoy!
I have been jonesin’ for this chocolate cake ever since I saw it on the Smitten Kitchen blog. It is so dense and rich and the batter tastes like the most delicious chocolate pudding. GET AT IT!
Vanilla Cake with Whipped Cream
Icing and Ganache
The vanilla cake and icing were from the Model Bakery Cookbook. For a Ganache you can top on just about anything:
11oz bag of white chocolate chips
3/4 c heavy cream
1 T butter (room temperature)
Heat heavy cream in a small sauce pan over medium low heat until bubbling, stirring constantly.
Pour heated cream in a bowl over the white chocolate chips, stirring with a whisk to melt and combine. Whisk in the butter until smooth.
Let cool slightly and pour over anything your heart desires.